Guide to the Perfect Wedding; Reception Advice from a Birmingham Venue

February 6, 2012 at 2:10 am | Wedding Support, Weddings | No comment

So, you have just been announced as husband and wife… what now. No matter if you are heading away for photos first or staying around for a few minutes, it is important to have a receiving line. This is perhaps the only time you will be able to talk briefly to each guest.

Remember that your guests want to wish you well and congratulate you on a wonderful ceremony, but once the reception starts, it gets increasingly difficult to actually talk, even briefly, with a guest. And many guests will not want to “bother” you as they know how busy your next few hours will be.

So, make sure you have a few extra minutes built into the timetable to have a receiving line. The proper time can be at the end of the ceremony, after photographs and prior to the reception or even between the dinner and cake. Some couples include the entire wedding party, others just the parents and themselves. What ever you decide is fine as there are no real rules for the inclusion of the rest of the bridal party.

Make sure there is space for the people to move on to the next destination whether it be the reception or another room or even the parking lot if you need to move to a reception hall.

A time to greet each guest will give you fond memories and help you to connect with each of your cherished friends and relatives in what is otherwise a very hectic day!

Woodrow Hall has the perfect place for your receiving line. In our century old banquet hall, we have a large foyer that is perfect to meet and greet your guests as they make their way to refreshments and drinks or to the main ballroom. We would be delighted to help you create the memories of your dreams at our historic Birmingham venue!

Call 205-243-0243 or email us at vintageromance@woodrowhall.com!


A Birmingham Venue’s Guide to the Perfect Wedding: Hottest 2012 Trends: Part 2

January 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Uncategorized, Wedding Support, Wedding Traditions, Weddings | No comment

The last blog introduced some of the top wedding trends for 2012… this entry adds 5 more, including wedding dress trends!

Trend Number 6: Bridal Dress; Illusion is IN!
A big trend on the wedding dress runways shows a delicate and sometimes embellished layer of sheer fabric covering the neckline and back, areas that in prior years were VERY exposed! This is a much more romantic and thus enticing approach to the most important fashion element in the wedding.

Trend Number 7: The Blush Dress
Non-white and non-ivory dresses have not been the norm. For a few years now we have been seeing ever the slightest bit of color; be it a hint of silver or blue or even lilac. The latest fashion runways have shown dozens of pink shades now made popular by Reese Witherspoon. Expect to see more of these at the bridal dress stores this coming season! Along with this expect to see more lace sleeves!

Trend Number 8: Smaller More Intimate Weddings
The 1000 guest wedding is becoming a thing of the past this year. Probably due in part to the enormous cost, expect to see more weddings in the 75-200 guest range this year. Woodrow Hall has two banquet halls that fit just this range!

Trend Number 9: DIY is IN!
For a variety of reasons from the economy to access to wonderful computer technology, expect to see more hand-crafted and custom designed accoutrements to weddings in 2012! Don’t plan the entire wedding around a DIY approach, but think of calligraphy for the invitations and custom designed computer printed “vintage” place cards or hand made centerpieces. Woodrow Hall can assist by providing a variety of “glass” centerpieces for you to embellish with flowers, candles or other decorative elements.

Trend Number 10: Variety in Centerpieces
Coordinating a variety of centerpieces is a secondary trend in the DIY theme. Using different sizes of centerpieces, mixing round and square vases, or different materials is a great way to personalize your reception. Unique fillers or similar colored flowers allow you to bring together the variety into a uniform theme.

Woodrow Hall would LOVE to assist you in planning a unique, personalized wedding at an affordable price. Envision yourself surrounded by exposed brick, vintage touches such as hand painted signs, custom accessories and large wooden ceiling beams with elegant lighting… Envision a Woodrow Hall Wedding!

Call 205-243-4243 for an appointment.


A Birmingham Venue’s Guide to the Perfect Wedding: Hottest 2012 Bridal Trends: Part 1

December 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Uncategorized, Wedding, Wedding Traditions | No comment

As 2011 comes to a close, we recognize that a LOT of women are going to be offered a ring! And they will then start to plan a 2012 wedding. Planning a wedding is an enormous task. Of course there are three big things to do first: Pick a dress, find a venue and choose where to have the actual wedding ceremony.

Trend Number 1: Have the Wedding and Reception in the Same Facility.
For many, the answer to the last two will be the same as one of the biggest trends is to have the wedding and reception at the same facility. Woodrow Hall offers these services. With two separate ballrooms and a very large foyer we can arrange for the wedding and reception in separate rooms or have them in the same room with a short intermission.

Trend Number 2: Royal Wedding Influence
Kate Middleton’s wedding this year will certainly influence upcoming weddings. From the hats to the white bridesmaid dress, this royal wedding is becoming a model for brides in 2012. The vintage setting of the ancient building set the stage for this wedding.

Trend Number 3: Specialty Stations
Dessert bars have been a building trend for several years. This year will bring new twists to this great idea. Look for candy bars, cookie and milk stations, mashed potato bars, photo booths and meat stations to become a great way to reflect your and your fiancé’s personality!

Trend Number 4: Black Tie and More!
Fancier decorations, formal attire and glamorous lighting are in for 2012. And the black tie does not necessarily mean a black tie! Several highly publicized celebrity weddings have demonstrated that a white tie can look very, very nice on your husband to be!

Trend Number 5: The WOW FACTOR!
Brides have been understating with the “casual” wedding trends of the past several years. This year expect to see more bling, surprises’, more personalization and more glitter. Woodrow Hall can help by offering several styles of plates, great accent lighting and two separate wedding banquet halls!

Woodrow Hall continues to surprise couples looking for a vintage setting with an upscale look. It produces the “unexpected” in NE Birmingham with its large ballroom, huge ceiling beams, great dance floor and amazing lighting! And, Woodrow Hall comes with a price that is affordable even if you are not destined to become the king and queen!

Call 205-243-4243 for a free estimate and to set up a visit.


Birmingham’s Perfect Wedding Venue’s Guide to Your Wedding: Flowering Ideas!

November 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Uncategorized, Wedding, Wedding Support, Wedding Traditions, Weddings | No comment

Nothing says “Wedding” like flowers! Flowers add a beauty that no other man-made item can match… and they come in an almost infinite number of colors, shapes and sizes allowing each bride to have something that is unique to her wedding!

But they can get pretty pricy! So, how can you have the best of both worlds; a perfect wedding and still stick to a budget? The advice is to choose “in-season” flowers. They are less likely to have been shipped half way around the word and thus are much less expensive… but just as beautiful.

Here are the most common “in-season” flowers by season:

Spring: Anemone, Baby’s Breath, Bachelor’s Button, Bells of Ireland, Boronia, Calla Lilly, Carnations, Casa Blanca, Daffodil, Delphinium, Gardenia, Gladiolus, Heather, Hyacinth, Lilac, Lily of the Valley, Narcissus, Orchid, Peony, Protea, Ranunculus, Rose, Scabiosa, Star Gazer Lily, Sweetpea, Tulip, Waxflower

Summer: Alstromeria, Aster, Baby’s Breath, Bachelor’s Button, Bells of Ireland, Calla Lilly, Carnations, Chrysanthemum, Cockscomb, Columbine, Delphinium, Lavender, Forget-Me-Not, Freesia, Gardenia, Gladiolus, Gerbera Daisy, Hydrangea, Iris, Larkspur, Liatris, Orchid, Protea, Queen Anne’s Lace, Rose, Scabiosa, Snapdragons, Solidaster, Statice, Stephanotis, Sunflower, Tuberose, Yarrow, Zinnia

Fall: Aster, Baby’s Breath, Bachelor’s Button, Cabbage ornamental, Calla Lily, Carnations, Chrysanthemum, Dhlia, Delphinium, Gardenia, Gladiolus, Heather, Lily of the Valley, Orchid, Protea, Rose, Scabiosa, Statice, Zinnia

Winter: Amaryllis, Anemone, Baby’s Breath, Bachelor’s Button, Calla Lily, Camellias, Carnations, Casa Blanca Lily, Cosmos, Daffodil, Delphinium, Dogwood, Forget-Me-Not, Gardenia, Gladiolus, Heather, Holly, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Narcissus, Nurine, Orchid, Poinsettia, Protea, Ranunculus, Rose, Scabiosa, Star Gazer Lily, Star of Bethlehem, Sweetpea, Tulip, Waxflower

Woodrow Hall lends itself to weddings because it is a vintage setting that does not “need” lots of decorations. The natural beauty of the exposed brick walls, shiny century old floors, large wooden beams allow simple decorations to make a big statement.

Call Woodrow Hall (205-243-4243) to schedule a visit!


Birmingham Wedding Venue’s Guide to a Perfect Wedding: Thank You Notes

November 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Wedding, Wedding Support | No comment

It takes thousands of hours to put on a big wedding. And many of those thousands of hours are donated by friends, relatives and even acquaintances. Of course, the wedding party helps a lot; bride’s maids, maid of honor, best man and groom’s men, but you also will have dozens of people offering to help.

Your friends and relatives will bake cookies and other desserts, help with flower arrangements and centerpieces, make favors, deliver items to the hotels for out-of-town guests, host friends and relatives at their homes, hold bride-maid luncheons, help with seating charts and address wedding invitations, help deliver decorations, decorate the venue, clean up after the reception, help your parents take home the presents, loan you a “cool” car, help with expenses, give you gifts…. The list goes on and on.

It is not enough to just tell them “Thank You”. Every single person who gives you a gift or helps in any way deserves a hand written thank-you soon after the wedding is over.


The Magnolia Room at Woodrow Hall: Perfect for up to about 100 guests!

The actual “thank you” card can be engraved, custom designed, a DIY card or even a store purchased “generic” card, but the note must be hand-written!

So start early. And get ready to take quality time to write a heart-felt thank you for everyone who has earned one. Also, every gift or service, even if you receive two from the same person deserves its own thank you. So, you will need a LOT of thank you cards!

The custom is to write thank you notes as gifts arrive if they come prior to the wedding. Gifts that arrive the day of the wedding should have a thank you note sent within two weeks of returning from the honey-moon. Thank you notes for shower gifts should be sent within 10 days of the shower.

Make sure you include your new address in each note as this may be the only time your friends and relatives will receive your new address!

And a quick word of advice:
Start the note with “Thank you”. It is not appropriate to start it with “I”.

Woodrow Hall would love to send you a written thank-you after you hold your reception and perhaps even your wedding ceremony at our historic, restored, century old banquet hall. With exposed brick walls, high ceilings, large wooden beams and plenty of ambiance, your guests will thank you for inviting them to Woodrow Hall to celebrate your wedding!

Call us (205-243-4243)to set up a time of just chat about your wedding!


Perfect Location for a Christmas or Holiday Party: Historic, Restored Party Venue in Birmingham Alabama !

November 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Adult Birthday Party, Anniversary Party, Christmas Party Venue, Corporate Event, Holiday Party | No comment

Our smaller ballroom is perfect for 100 guests!

The Magnolia Room at Woodrow Hall

The holiday season has a way of bringing out our desire for a simpler life. It brings back memories of days long ago when there was more time, less distraction, warm friends and lots of joy. We tend to remember just the good times at Christmas.

All of the hectic shopping, traffic, crowds at the stores, black Friday shopping in the dark… you know the feeling. How can we slow down and enjoy the season?

One way would be to have your Christmas or Holiday party at Woodrow Hall. Our newest banquet hall, which seats up to 100, is perfect for a small get-together. With shiny gold Chiavari chairs, hand made antique tables, soft lighting, large wooden beams and a great dance floor just ready for entertaining, it is perfect for your party!

We can provide you with food and beverages or you can bring in your own caterer. We have a variety of glass centerpieces on hand, a great sound system and plenty of parking!

Call Woodrow Hall (205-243-4243) for a free estimate for your next party!


Birmingham’s Perfect Wedding Venue’s Guide to Your Perfect Wedding: Thoughts on Invitations

November 14, 2011 at 1:12 am | Wedding, Wedding Support, Wedding Traditions, Weddings | No comment

In days long gone, invitations were hand written on parchment in calligraphy and delivered by hand by a white-gloved delivery man to the lord of the house. Fast forward a few hundred years and pretty much anything goes!

Of course formal engraved invitations with two envelopes and hand calligraphy for the address are still very common, but our family recently received a post card invitation with photos of the happy couple on one side and the date and time on the other.

Some brides are even using e-invites!

Remember this is your wedding and you can do what you see fit. Your grandmother may raise her eyebrows and talk about the “good “ole days” but if she is hip, she will see the wisdom of your individualism!

All that being said, there are tons of options for wedding invitations. A majority of brides still have a commercial printer (either local or via the internet) print their “engraved” invitations, but more and more are choosing other options. Given the technology available in virtually every household, you can even print your own. And the money you save can go to your honeymoon!

If you do plan a “DIY” approach, do your homework and be creative. Do plan ahead and make sure if you print your own that you choose high quality card stock and either purchase matching envelopes at the same time or choose a contrasting color. Remember that there is no standard “cream” or “ivory” and if you plan to purchase from two different sources, the colors are almost certain to be different.

Also, a small but important fact. The US Postal Service does not like square envelopes! They are very difficult on the computerized reading devices at the sorting centers AND the postage is going to cost you a LOT more; roughly a dollar per envelop more! Check out the prices and you will see why this option needs a lot of consideration if you are dead set on a square invitation!

We would LOVE to see Woodrow Hall printed on your invitation. If you book your wedding with us between now and January 1st and bring in a printed copy of this blog, we will give you a $100 discount on your venue rental fee!

Call Woodrow Hall at 205-243-4243 to set up an appointment to see our historic event venue.


Birmingham’s Perfect Wedding Venue’s Guide to Your Wedding: Centerpieces

November 13, 2011 at 12:49 am | Wedding Support, Wedding Traditions, Weddings | No comment

Although most weddings still have a LOT of flowers, we do see more and more weddings using creative alternatives to replace least a portion of their previous flower purchases.

Of course one of the most favored alternative is a candle in a lovely vase. And don’t think of just candles, many brides are opting for the oil candles that are inexpensive and do not leave you with the extra costs of removing wax from the linens! Lanterns are also popular and prevent the wax issue from being a problem.

Perfect Wedding Venue for Small Weddings, Woodrow Hall

The Magnolia Room at Woodrow Hall can easily seat about 100 people. Gold Chiavari chairs are standard with this room along with hand made tables and custom window treatments. This banquet hall is also very affordable!

Organic materials such as pine cones, reeds, tree branches, acorns, nuts, leaves and other tree materials, especially if sprayed with silver or gold paint and arranged in tall glass vases offer you a very inexpensive home made alternative that can be made weeks ahead of time, unlike flowers. Since most brides cannot prepare fresh flowers the day before their wedding, this alternative lends itself to a DIY approach.

Remember that dry organic material and flames do not mix well so do not plan to use candles with these options in the same vase!

Coffee Beans are a great way to create a delicious aroma and a centerpiece combined! They can be placed in a glass vase and a candle used with them or even fill the base with a little water and use a single large flower for a unique look.

Fruit and vegetables are available in a huge assortment of colors, shapes and sizes. These can also double as favors for the guests to take home if left whole. A new way to have a “green” wedding!

Also, if you combine a mirror with a small centerpiece you can create an endless variety of alternatives to flowers and have a look and feel that fits your style!

Woodrow Hall is a wonderful alternative to a church for your wedding ceremony. In addition to holding your reception at Woodrow Hall, we host wedding ceremonies also. This is becoming a rather common occurrence as many couples do not have a “home church” or there are religious differences that preclude the use of a church.

We have mastered the transition from audience seating to banquet seating with a short intermission that allows the couple to have time for photos and the guests to have cocktails and other refreshments in our large foyer.
Call 205-243-4243 to visit our unique, historic venue!


Guide to the Perfect Birmingham Wedding: Ten Catering Tips from Woodrow Hall Wedding Venue

November 12, 2011 at 12:51 am | Affordable Birmingham Wedding, Food At Your Wedding, Wedding Support | No comment

Food for your reception can vary from simple finger food to a full sit down dinner with numerous courses. The combinations and types of food are virtually endless, but one common denominator is that all but a few courageous brides contract with a caterer. Woodrow Hall has a policy to allow choice, so we allow you to choose a caterer. But we do have some advise on how to choose that vendor.

First, choose a vendor who has experience with weddings. We saw one couple choose a street vendor with a rolling kitchen who sold food at fairs and other outside events… with less than successful results. We have also seen friends, family members and other non-professional people attempt to cater a wedding. Many of these resulted in a disappointed bride and groom as well as guests who were left shaking their heads.

So, we have created a list of ten tips!

1.) Choose a professional

2.) Make sure they are licensed

3.) Ask for references and check them out!

4.) Taste their food

5.) Be honest about your budget

6.) Ask if you can provide some of the food items, especially if you have an aunt who makes killer desserts!

7.) Read and understand the contract

8.) Insist that the caterer coordinate the entire event with the wedding planner, baker, venue and DJ to make sure the day runs smoothly.

9.) Make sure the contract spells out how many servers the caterer will bring. Rule of thumb 1 per 50 guests for buffet, 1 per 25 guests for served dinner.

10.) Hold back 5-10% of the total payment until the venue gives you the all clear sign. Caterers have been known to leave a big mess for the venue and you will face increased clean up charges if this happens.

Woodrow Hall invites you to choose from any caterer on our list of preferred caterers or bring your own. But remember we will have them sign an agreement that covers their responsibilities and will require him or her to be licensed and insured and clean up afterward.

Call Woodrow Hall for a visit or to talk about your upcoming wedding!
205-243-4243


Historic, Restored Party Venue in Birmingham Alabama: Perfect Location for a Christmas or Holiday Party!

November 10, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Adult Birthday Party, Anniversary Party, Christmas Party Venue, Corporate Event, Woodrow Events | No comment

The holiday season has a way of bringing out our desire for a simpler life. It brings back memories of days long ago when there was more time, less distraction, warm friends and lots of joy. We tend to remember just the good times at Christmas.

Magnolia Room at Woodrow Hall is Perfect For Your Christmas Party!

All of the hectic shopping, traffic, crowds at the stores, black Friday shopping in the dark… you know the feeling. How can we slow down and enjoy the season?

One way would be to have your Christmas or Holiday party at Woodrow Hall. One of our banquet halls is perfect for a small get together. With shiny gold Chiavari chairs, hand made antique tables, soft lighting, large wooden beams and a great dance floor just ready for entertaining, it is perfect for your party!

We can provide you with food and beverages or you can bring in your own caterer. We have a variety of glass centerpieces on hand, a great sound system and plenty of parking!

Call Woodrow Hall (205-243-4243) for a free estimate for your next party!



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